Mark Manassee, senior minister at the Culver Palms Church of Christ in California, shared an article in his church bulletin that I appreciated very much. In it, he comments on some reflections he had while reading the book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin.*
One powerful insight is a simple approach to prayer, suggested by James Martin, which includes five phases. They are:
This would be a beautiful way to end the day: in God’s presence, taking inventory of the day’s events and putting them into a spiritual perspective! Mark observes, “If you ever asked, ‘Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?’ the examen may show that God indeed has answered your prayers, though maybe not in the way or in the speed in which you had hoped.” (By the way, don’t get hung up on the word “examen.” It is just a word to describe this approach to praying.)
Since prayer is such an important part of growing in Christ, I wanted to share these thoughts with you. Hopefully, you will consider making this approach a part of your time alone with God.
* Special thanks to James Martin and Mark Manassee for bringing this to our attention.
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